(St. Louis, MO) – Anatomy of an Overdose, a film produced, written, and directed in St. Louis, receives its national online premiere Monday. The film will be released via the web at STLHeroinFilms.com and made available, free of charge. The filmmakers’ and producers’ intent is that middle schools and high schools throughout the country will use this documentary as a tool to educate their students.


With powerful storytelling, Anatomy of an Overdose explores both the science and the human toll of heroin overdoses. The film’s executive producers are St. Anthony’s Medical Staff President Joseph Forand, M.D., and Pelopidas, LLC, co-founder Travis H. Brown. Local filmmaker Sean Trani wrote, directed, and edited the documentary.


Filmed over the course of a year in association with the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists, St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation, and Dan Duncan of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Anatomy of an Overdose takes a harrowing look at heroin from a chemical perspective. The film includes interviews with recovered heroin users, as well as with the Chief Medical Examiner for the City of St. Louis, police officers, and physicians.


Anatomy of an Overdose is part of the STL Heroin Project, a multimedia platform that parents and educators can access. Throughout 2014, more short films and advocacy material will be added. The film is a project of First Rule Film & Broadcast, a division of Pelopidas, LLC.